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New Year's Day: PERIOD OF RECORD: 119 YEARS 1890-2008


THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED ON NEW YEAR'S DAY WAS 63 DEGREES IN 1985. THE LOWEST THE MERCURY HAS EVER DROPPED TO IS ZERO IN 1918 AND 1970. NORMALLY, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AVERAGES 34 DEGREES AND THE LOW ABOUT 20.

THERE IS ALMOST A 90 PERCENT CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION OF A TRACE OR MORE, THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY SNOW. THE MOST PRECIPITATION EVER ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FELL IN 1932 WHEN 1.40 INCHES WAS RECORDED. THE MOST SNOW FELL IN 1964 TOTALING 8.1 INCHES BETWEEN 2 PM AND 8 PM. REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND BLOWING SNOW WERE NOT A PROBLEM HOWEVER AS WIND SPEEDS WERE RELATIVELY LOW.

A SEVERE WINTER STORM BEGAN ON NEW YEAR'S DAY IN 1945 AND BEFORE IT WAS OVER ON THE 2ND, 15.0 INCHES OF SNOW HAD FALLEN. THE SNOW COMBINED WITH WINDS OF GALE FORCE RESULTED IN ANOTHER CRIPPLING OF BOTH CITY AND INTER CITY TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION BY BUSES AND STREET CARS. RAILWAY SCHEDULES WERE NOT ABANDONED BUT ALL PASSENGER TRAINS WERE SEVERAL HOURS LATE. THE STORM WAS GENERAL THROUGHOUT WESTERN NEW YORK AND MANY HIGHWAYS WERE IMPASSABLE. AIR TRAVEL WAS CANCELED. SCHOOLS IN THE CITY AND COUNTY CLOSED.

TEMPERATURE DATA
HIGHEST 63 IN 1985
LOWEST 0 IN 1918 AND 1970
LOWEST MAXIMUM 11 IN 1918
HIGHEST MINIMUM 37 IN 1950
AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE 34.4
AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE 20.7


HIGH TEMPERATURE BY 10 DEGREE RANGES

TEENS 20S 30S 40S 50S 60S
10 30 48 17 13 1 NUMBER OF OCCURRENCES
8% 26% 40% 15% 11% 1%

 

PRECIPITATION DATA
MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION 1.40 INCHES IN 1932
MAXIMUM SNOW 8.1 INCHES IN 1964
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION 75 OCCURRENCES OR 63%
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH TRACE OR MORE PRECIPITATION 100 OCCURRENCES OR 85%
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH NO PRECIPITATION 17 OCCURRENCES OR 15%
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH SNOW TRACE OR MORE 82
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH SNOW OVER A TRACE 55
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH SNOW 1.0 INCH OR MORE 16
NUMBER OF TIMES WITH SNOW 5.0 INCHES OR MORE 1

 

WEATHER FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS

YEAR HIGH LOW PRECIP SNOW REMARKS
1999 18 2 0.01 0.3 MORNING SNOW, THEN AFTERNOON SUN
2000 50 31 0.00 MOSTLY SUNNY
2001 23 14 0.01 0.4 MORNING SNOW, THEN PARTLY SUNNY
2002 25 15 TRACE 0.1 M.CLOUDY, AM/EARLY PM SNOW SHOWERS
2003 33 22 0.07 0.3 INCRG CLOUDS, EVNG FRZG RAIN AND SNOW
2004 35 30 0.00   PARTLY SUNNY
2005 50 32 0.00   PARTLY SUNNY
2006 36 32 TRACE   CLOUDY, EARLY AFTERNOON DRIZZLE
2007 52 39 0.13   CLOUDY, RAIN
2008 35 23 0.35   CLOUDY, FLURRIES
 

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